As we saw in last week’s article (“A Plague on You”), modern Europe is practically the epicentre of paganism, so is it any wonder that it is also the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic?  Isn’t it possible that the two things are connected, even if, as some believe, the virus originated in Godless China?  You might say it has travelled a Godless highway to Godless Europe.  Certainly, since the formation of the European Union, there has been a pandemic of perversity sweeping European cities and Great Britain.  Godlessness has decreased while profanity has increased.  Britain and Europe were centres of Christianity in the past, and was where the great names of the Reformation were born and lived.  The Gospel, having spread to Europe and to Britain, and having taken root, was then taken out into the world.  The Gospel was spread far and wide from these shores.  Now we are centres of paganism, perversion, and profanity, and now we spread these diabolical beliefs and lifestyles into all the world.  I have reported on these matters many times in the past in various Hashkama articles.

The attack by the West on Russia and the banning of that nation from the Olympics and other events is not due to drug offences, even though it is widely reported as such.  The West’s cardinal problem is with Russia’s leader, Putin.  He will not allow homosexuality and other LGBT roots to be planted on Russian soil, and thereby soiling Russian society.  In times past, before the days of flushing toilets and sewer systems, people would throw human waste out onto the streets.  It was natural daily practice to dodge the splodge, both from above and below.  Our fallen morality has replaced human excrement, urine, and blood.  The difference is we don’t dodge it.  We willingly accept it, and we transport it around the world.  We are so self-righteous about so-called environmental issues, but morality has become immorality, good has become evil, and evil has become good.  Plagues hit the sexually permissive society homosexual, bi-sexual, and straight, but we find a cure and continue in our perverse, promiscuous ways.  Now, everyone is a target for the new Coronavirus.  Will we mend our ways?  Will we repent and turn to God?  I don’t see any signs of this.  People have long-since self-isolated themselves from God.  If you live in a sewer, the chances are you will contract disease.  Some put their hope in what mission’s leaders call “The Blessed Reflex.”  It was the prayer of early missionaries like William Carey and David Livingstone that one day, the Gospel would return from the mission fields of Africa and Asia to re-evangelize Europe.  Those that hold to this hope give reasons and suggest signs that this is happening already.  However, we live in strange times, and the world’s regression from the Almighty is crying out for judgement and the return of Jesus.

There have been plagues in the past.  Humans survived them and life on earth continued.  A killer plague struck Athens in the summer of 430 BC.  It lasted for two years, returned after a year, and killed a third of Athens’ manpower. From the historian Thucydides’ famous description, the plague — he caught it but recovered — bore certain resemblances to Covid-19 (allowing for differences in severity), but also invites reflection.  Thucydides is the first Greek to mention two common illness-related phenomena: contagion — he says that, because of their exposure, there was a high death-rate among doctors and among those with the courage and sense of duty to try to care for the sick — and some immunity from further attack among survivors who, he says, concluded they would live for ever. The result of contagion, he goes on, was that many Athenians died in isolation, especially as caring for them seemed to have no effect at all. Some remedies seemed to work, but what was effective for one person proved useless for another.  It is in his description of the wider social consequences that Thucydides provokes thought.  The plague was so deadly, he reports, that it soon became clear that no one would live long enough to pay a price for their behaviour.  Immediate pleasure became the priority, reflecting “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (1 Corinthians 15:32).  Since no fear of gods or law was any constraint and the good, the bad, the ugly, the high and the low suffered without distinction, the social fabric of the Athenian world began to crumble.  The life of honour was binned, and replaced with, get as much enjoyment out of life as everyone can in the time available to them.  We are witnessing some breakdown in social order.  Fighting over toilet rolls in a supermarket, and thieving sanitizer from hospitals.  In the US a man stockpiled 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer to sell at an extortionate price on Amazon – Small beginnings that could escalate in the right circumstances.  Social disorder, crime, all could escalate.  There is already great disruption in the workplace, in travel, in business in general.  Fear is playing its part.  A top layer, Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia said that the period of forced isolation is ‘very likely’ to trigger a rise in the number of divorces.  She claimed that Coronavirus is “very likely” to lead to an increase in marriage break-ups because of people being confined together for long periods in self-isolation in a bid to curb the spread of infection.

The Black Death

Although the period known as the Black Death ended in 1351, the plague continued to return.  From Sicily, the Black Death took three years to sweep through Europe, and within five years it killed one third of Europe’s population.  As in the present pandemic, the disease spread through transport from one country to another, entering through shipping ports.  It was widely thought to have been carried by rats and fleas.  The rodents spread the plague from China to Europe and it hit Britain in 1348.  According to belief, when the rats died, the infected fleas moved on to the humans, ultimately spreading the disease by each person they bit.  The plague came in three forms: the bubonic, pneumonic, and septicaemic.  Each different form of plague killed people in a vicious manner.  All forms were caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis. The most commonly seen form was the bubonic plague.  The mortality rate was 30-75%.  However, according to historian Barney Sloane, the disease spread so quickly that the rats could not be to blame.  He puts the spread of the disease down to humans.  The epidemic, which is reckoned to have claimed 75million lives worldwide, spread from person to person in crowded medieval cities, Dr Sloane said.  His work adds to previous research that questions whether the Black Death really was bubonic plague.  The historian said chronicles from the time pointed to a different method of transmission – person to person.  Circumstances suggests that the Black Death was another, as yet unknown disease.  Dr Sloane estimates nearly half the nation's population died during the outbreaks in Edward III's reign (1312-1377), and documents some fascinating social changes.

As we have seen in modern times, in the case of chicken for instance, and mad-cow disease in beef and beef products, all animal-derived human food has its dangers.  If as claimed, Coronavirus came from an animal, then modern medicine will be helpless, and is proving so.  The social consequences could go on to be extreme.  There is no fear of the Lord or concern of eternal judgment.  Even in the Church we take God’s love for granted; and “once saved always saved” holds no fear of eternal judgment.  The theologian’s doctrine of eternal security will help many on their way to hell.  Many on that day will say, Lord, Lord, didn’t we… (Matthew 7:22). “Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!’…”

As I said, life continued after plagues struck in the past.  There is a difference in plagues occurring in modern times.  The Gospel of the Kingdom had not been preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations (Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:10).  That Commission has almost been completed today.  We should not expect life to go on as “normal” forever, because it won’t.  Conditions will become such that the antichrist will be revealed, and the abomination of desolation spoken through the Jewish prophet Daniel (Matthew 24:15).  At some point in time, things are going to change drastically.

We see in Scripture that judgement begins at the household of God (1 Peter 4:17) – Physician heal yourself – God cleans up His Church.  With the Health Secretary declaring, ‘Churches should suspend activities to slow Covid-19 spread’, churches have joined the self-isolation movement, and are socially distancing themselves from one another.  Churches are joining the crowd and are closing down during the Coronavirus scare.  Devotees are being stripped of all the things they love.  In some cases, ancient and ornate buildings, altars, flowing religious gowns and clothing.  (I understand that the Church of England is going to keep its buildings open, so that people can go in to pray).  All the trappings of religion are being abandoned, even if temporarily; eventually God will touch and search every area of our lives.  It is not quite so yet, but it is as if the Ekklesia is made to stand naked before the Lord.

Unknown to me, my wife has been praying for many months using Psalm 91.  This was long before the Coronavirus pandemic.  She is praying concerning a family situation.  Because of the pandemic, this Psalm is being quoted all the time, and all over the place now; I have even used it myself.  During the night of February 19th, 2020, we had a supernatural visitor.  Margaret saw a huge man, dressed in white, walk through the room (I was asleep).  He had come through the closed bedroom door, walked through the room, and exited through the wall on his way out of our bedroom.  Margaret believed that it was an angel protecting us from something.  Outside of the family, I have only told one other person about the “visitor.”  Some people, particularly on social media, are saying you should declare Psalm 91 over your life for protection – name it and claim it.  It is worth considering what the Psalm actually says, and God willing, I will do that next week.

The Ekklesia need God’s intervention.  The doctrines of demons and of Humanism have penetrated the Church, some of which are deeply rooted and entrenched.  On 26th May 2020, if it goes ahead now, is a panel discussion on “The Book of Queer Prophets”.  The venue is the bastion of bestiality, Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London (London might be going into lock-down – let’s hope they throw away the key!).  “Is it possible to believe in God and be gay?”  Ruth Hunt (Ruth Hunt was the Chief Executive of LGBT rights charity Stonewall between 2014-2019. Under her leadership Ruth redefined Stonewall’s role as a charity, from one that enables change to one that empowers others to make change happen), and the Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark are on the distinguished panel.  I am sure God is [not] impressed.  They are celebrating the release of The Book of Queer Prophets – 24 writers on Sexuality and Religion, published by William Collins.  The panel includes some that have contributed to the publication.  It is claimed that the book contains modern-day epistles from some of our most important thinkers, writers and activists.  Among these great names are, Jeanette Winterson – religious dogma.  Amrou Alkadhi – trying to make it as a drag queen in London.  John Bell – His decision to come out later in life.  Kate Bottley – Her journey to becoming an LGBT ally.  I have quoted enough information for readers to get the grotesque picture.

I will finish with a well-known scripture: For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3).

Blessings and shalom

Malcolm [19.03.2020]